#62 A BONNIE DANDER (AT LAST)

Scotland (finally) welcomes me… LEJoG Day 62 Day 62 pre-amble Nothing too complicated here. A “bonnie dander” is Scottish slang for a lovely walk. On my fifth day here, that’s exactly what Scotland gave me. I thought about writing “aboot time an ‘ aw!” in the brackets. However this is the second consecutive day of […]

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#61 OWER DREICH AND DROOKIT

Welcome to LEJoG Day 61 – drying out slowly Day 61 pre-amble Obviously Airplane II: The Sequel isn’t as good as the original Airplane! But there are some memorable moments, of which one is the “Over Macho Grande” sequence. Watch in full (it’s under a minute) to understand the full context, but the key exchange is: […]

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#60 HELLWALKING

Abandon hope all ye who enter… LEJoG Day 60 Day 60 pre-amble Most of the time I just call it walking. But yes, my hobby developed by scaling mountains and hills. So “hill walking” makes it sound slightly more challenging. In the Lake District especially, those hills and mountains are often called “fells”. And I […]

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#59 MONK ON

Welcome to LEJoG Day 59… the poor man’s abbey road Day 59 pre-amble I grew up in a place which is geographically part of Derbyshire, but has a Nottinghamshire postcode. The inhabitants of these ignored and unlamented borderlands around the Erewash Canal have a distinct accent not often heard on television and radio. Subtly different […]

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H6: LIVIN’ LA VIDA LOCKDOWN

Well, I guess everyone gets that title, right? Not just that, but a quick Google will confirm that everyone’s thought of it already. Which, under normal circumstances, would compel me to think of something more original. As you may have noticed, these are not normal circumstances. One month on… It’s just over a month since […]

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H5: “WHAT’S NEXT”, INDEED…?

The best laid schemes of mice and men Go often askew (Robert Burns, To A Mouse, 1785, English translation) Behind the curtain (meta stuff) It’s almost exactly a year since I published the first post on 50FootHead (the Pre-Amble). It’s been a very quiet winter on here, in spite of the expectations I had. The […]

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H4: BLUE COMETS AND BLACK MIRRORS

The Blue Comet The Sopranos I didn’t watch The Sopranos when it first aired. As a huge, borderline obsessive, West Wing nut I almost felt it was a betrayal to watch any other American TV show. In spite of recommendations from friends I never actively sought it out. Then my illness coincided with the last […]

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H3: “TO BE HAPPY”

To be happy, as opposed to blue. It’s a universal human aspiration. But also an ongoing struggle. Even though sometimes it will seem to others (and even to myself) that I’ve mastered it. This post is an attempt to explain how the effects of one severe episode of mental illness can reverberate through the years […]

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H2: WALK A MILE IN MINE

An introduction to my own mental health experience. Although I hope you enjoy my LEJoG blog, you don’t need to walk all (at the time of writing) 809 miles in my shoes. Just this one mile is all I ask… Pre-amble There’s no way for this not to come across as defensive, but I feel […]

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